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From where I stand: Rita Lopidia

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rita Lopidia addressed the UN Security Council Open Debate on the 16th anniversary of SCr 1325 on 25th October. Lopidia, a former member of UN Women’s Peace and Security section, is based in Juba, South Sudan and has ten years of experience in women, peace and security issues in both Sudan and South Sudan. She contributed towards the development of the South Sudan UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan and participated as a civil society delegate to the August 2015 peace process. More

Women of South Sudan set agenda for a gender-responsive peace agreement

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Following the signing of the Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, between August and September 2015, and since discussions around its implementation began at the National Women’s Peace Dialogue (November 2015); more than 500 women from all States of South Sudan have adopted a 7-point agenda on how to implement a gender-responsive peace agreement. More

Building resilience for South Sudanese women through humanitarian assistance

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Following a successful pilot in 2014, UN Women in South Sudan has scaled up the provision of humanitarian assistance to reach 6,000 vulnerable women and girls and 1500 men and boys in displaced settlements in Nimule, Eastern Equatorial State, Mingkaman in Lakes State and Juba in Central Equatoria State. More

African representatives push for action to bring women to the peace table

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dr. Priscilla Joseph, founder and Chair of the South Sudan Women’s Peace Network, came to the African Union Gender Pre-Summit from 19-20 January with pressing questions about how to ensure women can be more involved in the peace process in her country, and across the continent. More

Executive Director calls for ending gender-based violence and women’s inclusion in the peace process in South Sudan

Thursday, July 9, 2015

During a two-day solidarity mission to South Sudan from 7-8 July, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for the inclusion of women at all levels in the South Sudanese peace process. More

UN Women Executive Director returns to South Sudan

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

From 7 to 8 July 2015, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Juba, South Sudan as a follow-up to her previous mission in February 2014. Against the backdrop of increasing violence and as peace talks continue, during this visit the Executive Director will strongly reiterate the importance of raising women’s full participation in peace and security. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka will call for inclusive and sustainable peace agreements in line with UN Security Council resolution 1325. More

Equipping women to become stronger mediators for peace in Africa

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A joint workshop for women in Africa hosted by UN Women, the African Union Commission and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa seeks to develop a new generation of conflict mediators. More

Joint statement on renewed attacks against the civilian population, especially women and children, in the widening armed conflict in South Sudan

Friday, May 29, 2015

Joint statement by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng and the UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh. More

Press release: Closing the gender gap in education

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Empowering adolescent girls and young women through education is the aim – and the name – of a programme launched in New York today by UNESCO, UN Women, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank. More

Adjusting the frequency: Women on the airwaves

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This mournful and gruesome scene pulls the audience into the radio podcast Feminisme d’hier, égalité d’aujourd’hui? (Yesterday’s feminism, today’s equality?), aired in French on Montreal radio station CIBL 101.5. Three high-ranking professional women in construction, politics and the business secto) discuss that question and assess Quebec’s societal progress 25 years after the massacre. The discussion revolves around key questions: how has the women’s causes changed; are women accessing decision-making roles; are they more equal today? More

New Gender Alert for South Sudan warns of increased sexual and gender-based violence and the need to include women and girls in the humanitarian response

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Since the initial eruption of violence in December 2013, the humanitarian situation has deteriorated sharply in South Sudan. According to the UN’s Office of Humanitarian Affairs, an estimated 959,000 people are internally displaced (of which 192,000 are in inaccessible areas) with an additional 293,000 refugees in neighbouring countries. The crisis has further increased the exposure of girls and women to health-related risks and to sexual and gender-based violence. Women and girls continue to struggle to make their voices heard and are increasingly marginalized by the overall humanitarian response More

Statement at Security Council briefing on South Sudan

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In a statement at the Security Council Briefing on South Sudan on 18 March, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urged the Council to use its voice to ensure a more immediate and decisive response to support the people of South Sudan. More

All We Ask for Is Peace: Voices of Women from South Sudan

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A blog post on LinkedIn by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the situation women and girls are facing in South Sudan. More

UN Women Executive Director speaks on South Sudan

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In a press statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka detailed the hardships witnessed beyond her "wildest fears" and said stronger efforts are required to address the precarious situation faced by women and girls in the IDP and refugee camps and to bring their needs and interests to the centre of the political negotiations. More

UN Women Executive Director meets with South Sudanese women leaders at African Union Summit

Monday, February 3, 2014

On the sidelines of the AU Summit, UN Women's Executive Director met with women from South Sudan, took part in meetings on women living with HIV and AIDS and a Great Lakes Women’s Platform was launched by the United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region. More

At African Union Summit, UN Women Executive Director to call for women’s full participation to accelerate peace and sustainable development

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

On the occasion of the 22nd African Union Heads of States and Governments Summit, to be held from 29 January through 1 February 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will make a strong call for gender equality and women’s empowerment, both as goals in their own right and as essential to peace, security and sustainable development. More

South Sudan: strengthening women’s role in the new nation

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

As South Sudan celebrates its second anniversary as an independent State, a look at how UN Women and its partners are engaging women in improving literacy, promoting economic empowerment, bolstering their political participation, and ultimately, ensuring peace and security. More

Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day – More than 140 million girls will marry between 2011 and 2020

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Press release by UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, WHO, United Nations Foundation and civil society organization. Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). More

Lighting up lives: African women train as “barefoot” solar engineers

Thursday, May 10, 2012

An illiterate grandmother from a small village in Malawi, Stella found it hard to picture what lay ahead when she arrived at the Barefoot College of India. Six months later she emerged as one of 25 trained African solar technicians, ready to electrify her home village for the first time. More

South Sudanese Women Call for their Full Engagement in the Development Planning for South Sudan

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On the eve of the first international meeting on the future of South Sudan, women leaders from the world's newest nation today put forth concrete policy recommendations on development, security and governance priorities for their country. More

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